Four Heart Attitudes for Giving
How do you have the attitude Life wants you to have when you give? It starts with your heart. Personally, I am a lot more interested in your willingness to give than your wealth, because I’m interested in what’s happening in your heart when you decide to give.
Scripture says, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully’”
The Four Key Heart Attitudes you should have when you give:
1. Give thoughtfully. Don’t give impulsively. The most spiritual kind of giving is when you think about it and pray about it and make up your mind about it. Why? Because we plan anything that’s important in our lives. God wants your giving to be important and meaningful in your life.
2. Give enthusiastically. Don’t just say, “I have to give! If I don’t give, life and god, and deities are going to hit me with lightning or something.” Give because you know it’s going to do something big in your heart when you become a generous person.
3. Give voluntarily. Any time you’re pressured by a person to give, don’t give. No one is just going to bless it anyway. But every time you feel challenged by Life to give, you’d better give.
4. Give cheerfully. Give with joy! One of the Greek words for offering is the word “hilarious.” Life wants you to enjoy giving to all.
Sometimes it’s a challenge to be cheerful when Life’s challenging you to give. Whenever you feel that way, just remind yourself of the benefits of what giving will do in our hearts. Why be generous? It creates community. It defeats materialism. It strengthens your faith. It’s an investment for eternity. It blesses you in return. And, it makes you more of what we were born to be, loving, compassionate brothers and sisters..